Melbourne - City Walkabout Photography Class

Melbourne - City Walkabout Photography Class

Thank you for a fantastic day today
, 8/01/2015

Thank you for a fantastic day today – the course was great! I learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute of it.

Pros: Easy to use
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Sony Cybershot RX100 MK III

Sony Cybershot RX100 MK III

Quite a very good Sony product.
, 7/01/2015

I also own a Sony A55 and the main reason why I bought this baby Sony is more on convenience. This baby Sony which is quite handy will be with me most of the time when I travel.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Inca Tripod i350 For DSLR w/Tripod Bag

Inca Tripod i350 For DSLR w/Tripod Bag

Inca 350, affordable, lightweight, perfect for small cameras
, 3/01/2015

At 3kg carrying load I would not go and put a Canon 5D, or Nikon D700 on this tripod, but for what it is, it's lightweight and sturdy enough for your smaller mirrorless cameras and lightweight camcorders. The locking mechanisms are a bit stiff and not that easy to operate, but it is what it does, it supports my Micro Four Thirds kit fine.

Pros: Compact
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Excellent JPEGs straight from camera, astoundingly sharp 45mm lens, great autofocus
, 1/01/2015

After ten years with Canon, and a full time pro, I jumped ship to Olympus in mid 2014. Weight and size issues lugging two Canons and big lenses at weddings.

Absolutely no regrets with picture quality. Weddings are a breeze with face recognition autofocus, and the kit 40-150 is surprisingly sharp! But the 12-40 f2.8 is simply superb. Believe all the reviews.... it's spectacular.
I have no qualms shooting 1600 ISO in RAW + Fine Jpeg, processed in Lightroom 5, but in most cases the jpeg is excellent, and that means post production time is cut in half or less. I use the HLD-7 grip always, and have never run out of battery yet. Got low once, but swapped a fresh battery in the grip and was up and away again.
Only downside, and this is quite serious, is that the wheel function dials are too easily changed, and are not able to be turned off, that I have found. I do a lot of aerial photography, with shutter preference automation at 1/2000 sec, and more than once, I've found the shutter speed altered to a slower speed accidentally. Action happens quickly, and it's sometimes 200 frames between checking, and it's not good when you discover the speed at 1/30th! A simple firmware upgrade could help.
Night photos and time lapse movies are an absolute breeze, with the unique Live Bulb time feature. I'm still learning the menu items, and will probably get the new lenses when they've been around for a while. (40-150 and 7-14 Pro) Also, the ability to use obscure lenses with inexpensive adapters, (like my 1975 Pentax 500mm f4.5) is a real bonus. I LOVE this camera with passion. It has rekindled my enthusiasm for photography.(I still use a Canon 7D with 10-22 for real estate work-- the Olympus 9-18 isn't quite wide enough).

Pros: Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Complicated
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Panasonic Lumix TZ60

Panasonic Lumix TZ60

Good but could be better. Buy a case to protect the camera during transport.
, 1/01/2015

Been using camera now for 3 months, poor battery life must be charged after every shoot. Have shot most photos on Scene mode, good reasonable photos but in editing you have to adjust the contrast on some photos. The 30x lens is good but use a tripod if prone to shakes. Still trying to work out the best settings for night photography, the built in flash is only just capable for fill in photos.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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LowePro Flipside 400 AW Pine Green

LowePro Flipside 400 AW Pine Green

compact backpack that fits a full frame with grip and 400 prime attached
, 1/01/2015

I had been searching for ages to find a backpack small enough to be usable when on the go at sports events, yet still hold my 6d with grip and 400 prime attached - and this bag does easily - and lots more - yet it is still (relatively) small. As well as this, it also holds my 70-200, 50, and another camera (crop), as well as spare cards, filters and hard drive etc etc. There are many pockets and storage spaces - as you would expect. It has a built-in wet weather cover - nice. There is even external pockets for my monopod - so all my gear is now in one backpack - that, importantly - doesn't scream "steal me, I'm full of expensive camera gear"... in fact, its 'plain looks' really help here.
Build quality appears excellent - but this will prove itself after a few years of use - but, it does look and feel great quality and so should last.
The price is very high, however. But, I have been searching for years for just the 'right' bag, so ultimately, if the quality proves good, the price becomes irrelevant. I'd be confident this bag would also be small enough (without monopod) to take on board a plane and store under your feet, and certainly in overhead storage.
Bottom line: Expensive, very high quality, holds an amazing amount of gear easily - ie 6d with grip and 400 attached plus everything else, and is not a large back pack. VERY IMPRESSED SO FAR!

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Practice Makes Perfect
, 29/12/2014

Coming from learning on a Canon 1100D I figured I would try out something new that adopted mirrorl-ess technology and a more convenient light-weight package to carry around especially while travelling.

At first site like anybody else I was sceptical of the Olympus and it's overall user friendliness and functionality in comparison to Canon's simplicity of use. But from reading the instruction booklet and resources available on Olympus' website, I can't comprehend why so many oppose these types of cameras instead of embracing the new technology.

Firstly 2 viewfinders. One conventional like any other DSLR with the eye cup and another on a 3 inch LED screen that can fold flat. Having a big screen means easy access to viewing your settings more clearly for Aperture,ISO, WB, Exp Comp and the image you're about to take. My only gripe, pressing the OK button before being able to change settings. Otherwise pressing the arrow keys will lead to change in the viewfinder's focus point.

My favourite characteristic though is the fact that each time you adjust your exposure compensation, it modifies the display in the viewfinder so you can see roughly how the image will come out. That is a treat almost eliminating the need to over-edit finished images. The fast and sharp auto focus also helps stabilise the image quickly before snapping and the results are very finely detailed with rich colour and texture.

For people wanting to move from the beginner DSLR/Compact System camera into a world of high-end performance and strong picture quality, I would tell you to give this camera a go. It's light, compact and an ideal travel buddy.

Patience though when using it for great pictures is the key. It can seem quite complex at first but remember Canon seemed complex too when you first began using them.



Pros: Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon CS9000F MKii Scanner

Canon CS9000F MKii Scanner

Quick, easy, and good results.
, 27/12/2014

I am glad I purchased this unit.

Pros: Easy to use
Cons: Bulky
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Fuji Finepix SL300

Fuji Finepix SL300

No-fuss good quality pics - great!
, 25/12/2014

I bought this camera for my husband, who is not at all "into photography", but wanted to be able to take some photos. I checked out all the similar price-range but decided this little Fuji looked ideal, and it turns out it is! I guess I'd call it a point-and-shoot plus - perfect for quick, easy but good quality pics, with the option to explore further/take more control if desired. There are a few non-perfect parts, but they're annoying quirks rather than major issues. I'll let him fill in the star ratings to give a clearer picture (ha ha), but overall happiness from us both as buyer and user.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Battery life, Screen size
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Inca Universal Charger with LCD

Inca Universal Charger with LCD

Very easy to use product!
, 24/12/2014

I've used a similar model previously at my workplace but this model is more compact and the LCD screen is much clearer on how well your battery is charging. I highly recommend it to anyone needing a universal battery charger.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Samsung NX30 + 18-55mm

Samsung NX30 + 18-55mm

Good value. samsung quality
, 23/12/2014

I love the design quality and picture quality. All my toys are samsung for these reasons.

Pros: Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Magic Lantern Multimedia Guide For Nikon D5100

Magic Lantern Multimedia Guide For Nikon D5100

The DVD's very handy, just learning the little extras help in the happy snapping
, 22/12/2014

A good product for any one interested in photography

Pros: Easy to use
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Nikon ML-L3 REMOTE

Nikon ML-L3 REMOTE

The remote is very handy when taking shots with the tripod and for selfies, group photos including one self.
, 22/12/2014

A very good product

Pros: Easy to use, Compact
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Sony AX100

Sony AX100

Great Quality, Great Build, Great Imagery. However Teds forgot to mention a few things.
, 20/12/2014

Battery Power is between 1 hr 33 min and 2 Hours, depending on what features you use.

Build quality is smooth, and the CMOS sensor is 1 inch in size. so you get a lot of quality and color gradient + Options to adjust.

Some of the button layouts are....unnerving.

4K is not only at 25fps, its also at 24 fps and 30 FPS. allowing for a cinematic feel.

NATURALLY, the lower the resolution, the more Recording time you have with battery, and SD CARD.

SD CARD IS NEEDED TO USE THIS DEVICE!. if you purchase or rent. PLEASE GET AN SD CARD AS WELL

heavily recommended to purchase / rent. This is a PRO-sumer device, meaning that it has -some- professional features, but you do miss a few... but it has a Slew of consumer features, hence the term prosumer

Pros: Compact, Build quality, Battery life, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash

Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash

Great Flash
, 19/12/2014

This flash was well worth the money I spent on it over purchasing one of the cheaper ones. I'm not an advanced photographer but I am learning. I've also bought the ST-E3-RT which compliments this flash making getting the flash OFF the camera and into a place which is actually useful a breeze. Everything is controllable from your camera (if you have a compatible camera), even wirelessly, and the ETTL-II seems to work pretty well generally. I just wish I could afford more of them.

Pros: Easy to use, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Complicated, Bulky
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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SIRIX Solar Power Bank

SIRIX Solar Power Bank

Great little unit, versatile and very practical.
, 17/12/2014

The unit comes already fully charged. It holds enough power to charge 2 normal smartphone batteries (but only 1 Samsung note battery).
Charging the pack from the mains power is easy and fast. Charging from sun, however is an entirely different matter. It takes a full day to charge 1 bar on this power bank,( out of a possible 4 bars) 2 full days for 2 bars and then it doesn't matter how long (weeks even) you leave it - it will not charge past 2 bars from sun's energy. So, don't rely on the solar aspect as it is not efficient. Considering the fact it can charge 2 phones from full this is good value for money but the blurb says it can do 2 phones simultaneously and it has 2 USB ports for this purpose - BUT - it actually only will charge 1 at a time - even if both are plugged in to it - so don't rely on that either. Overall, it is lightweight, sturdy and will last days of hiking and hold enough charge for 2 re-charges but make sure it is fully charged before you go & hang on pack so it can grab any solar light to maintain full charge. I would recommend it as a power bank but not as a solar power bank as I think it has a ways to go before it could be relied upon for this.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Vanguard Espod CX204 AGH Tripod

Vanguard Espod CX204 AGH Tripod

Excellent Value
, 16/12/2014

For $70, this is an excellent, light and versatile little tripod. The ball head is relatively easy to loosen/tighten allowing you to get a level camera easily. Then you can rotate the camera horizontally using the pan feature. It is pretty lightweight however so don't go expecting to put a telephoto lens on it in some wind and not get some movement. In fact if you give the tripod a knock, you can expect a couple of seconds before the vibrations damp down (when fully extended). The thumb wheel is a little 'sticky' in it's movement - but they're my only criticisms and pretty moot at this price range. Center column slides straight up or down and is secured by a locking screw. If it was a bit more sturdy and smooth in it's action that would be fantastic - but then I would expect to pay a couple hundred bucks for it. As it is, I'm very happy with it for the price and I think the design is absolutely brilliant.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact
Cons: Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon Selphy CP910 Black

Canon Selphy CP910 Black

Ideal for filling travel diaries on the go...
, 12/12/2014

We simply had to get the CP910!!! Our stalwart CP760 has been to farm-stays, national parks, surfside apartments, hey, its been to Italy, Greece and Portugal too! Everyone wants to use it... even those with smart phones... :-( So we just had to get one with "wireless"- Its easy for casual users to connect and use. Remember the phone App is not "Photoshop" - its basic... so if you have five photos of the same group it helps to know beforehand in which one the third lady from the right is not blinking!!!

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Sony Alpha A7S Body

Sony Alpha A7S Body

A wonderful dslr for video
, Manly, 9/12/2014

Sensational picture quality with great depth, colour and resolution for video work. Works with my entire Canon lens collection via inexpensive adaptor, features such as focus peaking and zebra exposure make operation a breeze, coupled with 7 picture profiles available and switchable APS-C mode. Amazing in low light, have achieved remarkable results at 102,400 ISO. Battery life isn't great so buy spares - overall, the best camera I've ever owned (and I've had a few, video and stills)

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Great product
, Perth, 5/12/2014

The Tripod is fantastic, and exactly fits the job I needed it for,
I encounted a problem while unpacking it as one of the legs was jammed. After some investigating I noticed there a thumb screw in between the leg and the body that must have lodged in there during manufacturing, and had nothing to do with the tripod. with some jiggling and a long screw driver i managed to free it, and al is now OK.

Pros: Easy to use, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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